Category Archives: Morals
The First Vatican Council pronounced that the pope, in or out of council, would be protected by God with the gift of infallibility whenever he should define a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. Matters of Faith can only involve religious propositions and the matter of those propositions are true or false judgments. A moral definition would involve a proposition that is right or wrong, rather than true or false. The difference between the two involves the end being sought. A doctrinal pronouncement defines a religious truth, which is the object of the intellect. A moral pronouncement defines a good, which is the object of the will. One could say that Faith engages intellectual belief, morals engage voluntary action.
A moral act is a human act performed with knowledge and free will. Every consciously deliberate action is a moral act, and each one is either morally good or morally evil. If it leads us to our final end, eternal salvation, it is a morally good act. If it takes us away from salvation, it is a morally evil act, a sin. Morals, therefore, pertain to human conduct.
Articles in this section treat of a wide variety of issues that, immediately, proximately, or remotely, deal with the morality of human acts, whether individually or as a society.
I don’t know about you, but old enough as I am to remember how the killing of more than 200,000 Japanese civilians in the nuclear obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, especially the technological feat of accomplishing it with a single bomb per targeted city, was positively celebrated by Americans (Just think! We killed all those Japs with one bomb!), and considering the indifference of most … More →
1Peter5 Maike Hickson: The title of Müller’s talk is: “What May We Expect From Families?” In the beginning of his presentation, which is interwoven with many references to Amoris Laetitia, the German cardinal compares the family with Noah’s Ark. At that time, Müller says, “the threats against the family and the whole society were omnipresent.” In the words of an old Jewish legend, moreover, the … More →
Monsignor Charles Pope: A short while back, we read from First Samuel at daily Mass and encountered an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath, the women sing a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but instead he is resentful and envies David: Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought, “They give David ten thousands, but only … More →
Catholic Online: Kim Vaillancourt was five months pregnant when she, her husband Phil and their two children welcomed three sisters into their family. Two days later, the family was set to celebrate Christmas but instead of a family meal and presents, Kim was diagnosed with brain cancer. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
The official website of the German Bishops, katholisch.de, is full of praise for Amoris Laetitia. Well-known experts who have been expressing many heterodox positions during the earlier discussions on marriage and family, seem now convinced that their expectations have been met, and that, indeed, the Universal Catholic Church has now started to import and imitate the putatively German model. One of the most prominent liberal … More →
The Holy Father’s much awaited post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, has been released. A summary of it may be read at Rorate Caeli. Here are links to commentaries on Pope Francis’ work, commentaries we have helpfully categorized according to what may be our readers’ preferred hermeneutical approach: Pope Francis Departs from Church Teaching in New Exhortation — Dr. Maike Hickson at 1 Peter 5, representing the … More →
Judie Brown, Renew America: Consider this example as well. Inside the walls of the Summit Women’s Center, an abortion clinic in Connecticut, a sign on the waiting room wall reads: “The staff in this office does sacred work and though you may hope to never come back, we return each day to hear your stories, hold your hands, and ease your fears. Our lives are consumed … More →
Interesting post here by Shaun McAfee for National Catholic Register, mostly dealing with Pope Leo XIII’s handling of the problem. Here is Trent on Dueling: The abominable practice of dueling, introduced by the contrivance of the devil, that by the cruel death of the body he may bring about also the destruction of the soul, should be utterly eradicated from the Christian world. Emperor, kings, … More →
My father was a volunteer with the Legion of Decency. Men would go to stores with certificates for store owners to put in their windows saying that their establishment does not sell (or at least display) pornography. The Legion didn’t last long (why I don’t know but have my suspicions) but the mission did work. Even Hollywood reacted to a degree. California Catholic Daily: Many of … More →
Crisis Magazine: More than a quarter of residential Catholic colleges—54 nationwide—permit all-night opposite-sex visits on weekends, and only five of these regulate visiting hours during the week. Whether intended or not, that’s an open invitation to sexual activity. The colleges enabling this include some of the largest and most notable Catholic colleges, such as Boston College, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University … More →
Father Z’s blog: The other day Pope Francis, in the infamous post-Mexico airplane presser, said: Paolo VI – il grande! – in una situazione difficile, in Africa, ha permesso alle suore di usare gli anticoncezionali per i casi di violenza. … Paul VI – the great one! – in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted sisters to use contraceptives for cases of violenze. Full article … More →
CNA: When asked about euthanasia, Bernadette [his wife] replied, “What do you want me to do – deprive him of food? Let him die little by little? No, no, no.” Although the 33-year journey has not been easy, Bernadette still clings to hope and to her husband of 46 years. “If one day, medical science evolves, then why not? Will there be a day when they’ll … More →
Catholic Culture: After the Catholic schools of Edmonton, Alberta, sent out a copy of Bishop Fred Henry’s statement denouncing new province guidelines for “transgender” students, some members of the Edmonton Catholic school-district board openly criticized the bishop’s remarks and said they should not have been publicized by the school board. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Mary Rezac, CNA: Anyone who’s familiar with “Portlandia” probably remembers Colin the chicken – a heritage-breed, woodland-raised fowl who was fed a diet of sheep’s milk, soy and (local) hazelnuts and lived a happy life on a (local) 4-acre farm before succumbing to its fate on the plates of two insufferable hipsters. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.